Orthodontist
vs Dentist

For many people, regular visits to the dentist are part of their overall healthcare, however very few people have stepped into an orthodontic clinic. For this reason, many people are unsure of the difference between the two and therefore, when to contact an orthodontist.

At Peel Orthodontics, we are the first experience many of our patients have had with orthodontic treatment, so we often start by explaining the difference between us and their regular family dentist.

When should I see an orthodontist over a dentist?

You have crooked teeth, should you see an orthodontist or a dentist?

You need a filling. Should you see an orthodontist or a dentist?

Your child sucks their thumb. Should they see an orthodontist or a dentist?

The table below outlines the key differences between orthodontists and dentists and the role they play in your oral care.

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years) x
Member of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. Australian Society of Orthodontics x
Treatments & Services
General 6-month check up x
Fillings & extractions x
Cleaning & polishing x
Advises on overall oral health of teeth and gums
Fitting of orthodontic appliances, such as braces & Invisalign aligners Some general dentists may fit braces and Invisalign but they are not specialists in orthodontics
Experience & training
Is specifically trained in the movement of teeth and bite issues x
Recommends and treats patients after assessing overall facial profile x
Uses the latest in orthodontic technology for the benefit of patients x
Attends regular training on developments in the orthodontic industry x
Is a member of The Invisible Orthodontist (TIO) Network Not all orthodontists are members of TIO but those that are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment. x

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